About Government & Politics

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, it's crucial that you understand the democratic system and other forms of governance. This is especially important now given that the world’s citizens have far more contact with each other than ever before. Careers in the legal profession, state and local government, urban planning, the federal civil service, journalism, lobbying groups, and many more benefit from a foundation in politics.

You'll develop reasoning and analytical skills and build competence in oral and written expression. These kinds of skills are indispensable for successful work and can help citizens make meaningful contributions to the world. You'll sharpen your intellectual abilities and have fun along the way as you take courses in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. You can also do internships in Albany or Washington, D.C., where there are many career opportunities and important professional contacts.

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The Future of the City

An intense course on urban politics focusing on such thinkers as Mumford, Jacobs, and many other key figures writing on the politics, economics and culture of cities throughout the ages but with a particular emphasis on New York City.

Parties, Elections, and Mass Media

The origin, organization, and activities of political parties in the United States. Current political campaigns, issues, and techniques will be stressed.

Volunteer Service and Politics Abroad

Combines academic study with volunteer work in Latin America or Africa. Work for service organizations while studying the recent political history of the country, social and development issues.

Beyond the Classroom


  • Brooklyn District Attorney's Office
  • New York State Supreme Court
  • Hudson River Park Trust
  • Clinton Foundation


  • "The Battle for the First Amendment: Today's Problems in Today's World"
  • "Relationship of Constitutional Law to Politics and Society"

Chris DeFilippi ’14

“I'm here in one of the greatest cities in the world, on my way to my internship at the Clinton Foundation...”

Dr. Shaohua Hu

“Dr. Shaohua Hu, associate professor of government and politics, article on 'Confucianism and Contemporary Chinese Politics' was published as one of the top 10 articles of the past decade.”

Laura Graham ’95

“I interacted with all the agencies and departments and pieces of the executive branch.”